Responsibility to improve services and fund service improvements rests with local primary care trusts.
In order to assist local commissioners the Department published the Alcohol Needs Assessment Research Project (ANARP) in November 2005. This is the first comprehensive study of the need for and provision of alcohol services in England.
The Department has launched “Alcohol Misuse Interventions: Guidance on developing a local programme of improvement”, for commissioners developing a local programme of improvement for local alcohol treatment services. We have also sponsored a series of regional conferences to highlight the need for improved focus on alcohol interventions.
A comprehensive review of the evidence base for the effectiveness of alcohol treatment interventions will be published shortly, alongside guidance on “Models of Care for Alcohol Misusers”, which will lay out how best to combine treatment approaches into an effective local alcohol treatment system.